In looking at so many of the postings here and industry trends in general, it seems that User Experience is taking two main routes, design and technology. My background in User Experience is completely organic and I have found that my greatest strength lies in User Advocacy, and being able to translate user needs to various audiences (designers, tech, business, client, etc.)
In 2002 I helped grow a group at Schwab that developed design standards, conducted heuristic reviews, and worked on project teams to ensure that requirements and product work reflected user needs. I am always tryingto assess the landscape and look for these types of consultative User Experience/Direction roles at larger corporations (read *not* consultancies).
Is anyone familiar with companies that have disciplines like this? What are these roles typically called? I tend to lean towards financial services but have had great success on internal company work as well (Intranet).
Any insights would be great, there are just so many names for the type of work that I do and it would be nice to better understand what types of companies are open to a background like mine to bring innovation to their UE practices.